USDA fights to purge food stamps recipients despite pandemic

by Ashraf Khalil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is appealing a court ruling that temporarily stops a set of changes that would have taken effect on April 1. Currently able-bodied adults without dependents must show they’ve worked at least 80 hours per month for more than three months in a 36-month period to stay in the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — commonly known as food stamps. The rule would make it harder for states to waive this rule which could cause an estimated 700,000 people to lose their benefits.